The End of the Line
Yesterday Adam Rubin tweeted, citing Baseball America as the source, that the Mets had released several minor leaguers. Now, obviously if the team is releasing minor leaguers they are not going to be top prospects. Still, as inconsequential as these moves were, I feel as if we should pay homage to some guys who once graced the Mets farm system with their presence, and certainly were not released for a lack of effort. So, here’s a little about the young guys the Mets let go:Samuel Martinez is a 23-year old pitcher from the Dominican who signed in 2006 but did not appear in the farm system until 2008. He pitched about 25 innings per season the last three years, putting up pretty good strikeout numbers, and eventually making it to St. Lucie by the end of 2010. He could have been a serviceable arm in the organization, but at his age and slow movement through the system, it makes little sense to put resources into trying to make him a big leaguer.Richard Pena is also a 23-year old pitcher from the Dominican. He signed all the way back in 2004 but did not appear in the farm system until this past year. He made 20 relief appearances for Kingsport, getting credit for two saves but struck out only 20 in 32 innings. He managed to make three appearances for St. Lucie, but that is where his career with the Mets will unceremoniously end.Scott Shaw was taken in the 13th round back in 2008 and had a great debut in Brooklyn going 6-3 with a 2.80 ERA. He saw a dip in his strikeout numbers but had a solid 2009 for St. Lucie starting 26 games with an 8-8 record and 3.73 ERA, a pretty solid season. After 13 innings in St. Lucie this past year he was promoted to Binghamton where he bombed out making 22 appearances and 13 starts posting an 8.42 ERA with a 4-7 record, nearly walking as many as he struck out. Apparently AA was more than Shaw could handle and the end of the line for his Mets career.Marcos Tabata is a native of Venezuela and a member of the Mets farm system since 2006, where he pitched in his homeland for the Mets team in the Venezuelan Summer League. Tabata had a rough debut in the state in 2007 pitching for Kingsport and then missed the entire 2008 season. Tabata faired well in the Gulf Coast League in 2009 and managed to climb his way to St. Lucie by the end of 2010. Tabata has posted a 1.59 ERA in 28 innings pitching in his homeland this winter, but throwing so many breaking balls has produced 22 walks, almost as much as his 25 strikeouts. Now at age 24, and not known as a hard thrower, there aren’t a lot of reasons to keep Tabata around.Ryan Mollica is a 24-year old from Suffern, New York who the Mets took in the 47th round of the 2009 draft. He played mostly the middle infield during his brief career, accumulating 115 at bats for Kingsport in 2009, hitting .287 with 7 extra-base hits and 19 RBI’s. He allotted only 97 at bats in 2010, mostly for St. Lucie, but his mediocre offense and lack of tools are the reasons Mollica’s career ended up the same as a lot of late-round draft picks: ending fairly quickly.Hector Pellot was the Mets second-round pick in 2005, but now his time with the Mets is over after it started with such great promise. Pellot went straight to full season ball in the South Atlantic League in 2006 where he struggled, hitting just .189. He figured out the SAL in Savannah the following year, making the all-star team and earning a late season promotion to St. Lucie where he spent the next two full seasons. In 2008, Pellot once again struggled, hitting .165 in the Florida State League, but responding with a .277 average, 24 extra-base hits, and 39 RBI’s in the same league in 2009. He started 2010 in the Florida State League but finally earned a promotion to AA Binghamton, where once again upon advancing to a new level, Pellot struggled mightily to the tune of a .127 average. By now it should be clear that Pellot does not bode well when he moves to the next level, making it nearly impossible to imagine that he could ever get to the big leagues.And so we bid farewell to these once and former Met prospects, and thank them for their service and contribution to the farm system throughout their careers.